All-Americans Ready To Battle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Dec. 31, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A matchup of two All-American running backs could well come down to the quarterbacks Thursday afternoon in the Capital One Bowl.

Either No. 16 Georgia's Matthew Stafford or No. 19 Michigan State's Brian Hoyer could have to make a difference if his top rusher is ineffective, or if both run wild.

Hoyer knows this game is his chance to outshine Stafford but he also knows that's not what it will necessarily take to beat Georgia, which has been erratic this season.

Running back Javon Ringer became the Spartans' first first-team All-America pick since Lorenzo White in 1985. He led the nation in scoring and carries and was third with 132.5 yards rushing per game.

The Bulldogs feature the explosive Knowshon Moreno, a second-team All-America and one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award. He ran for 1,338 yards and 16 TDs and is only the second Georgia player after Herschel Walker to have-back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

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